When I first started to get into comics, Deadpool was always high on my list. Although in hindsight I can realise what a basdardised version Wolverine Origins provided. But at the time it was my first introduction to the character and I feel in love.
When I then turned to the comics, Deadpool and Cable became my favourite team up of all time, I loved Wade Wilson. My favourite writers managing the balance the comedy and the tragedy of the character whilst giving him room to grow. When I heard Ryan Reynolds had been pursuing the movie, I was hopeful but dubious. I never thought they would actually manage to make it. When it became clear they were going to be releasing a Deadpool movie I felt more then a little trepidations.
The character is great, and easy to write for in short bursts. However having a character like that front their own movie can go from enjoyable to incredibly tedious if his character is ignored in favour of just being a comedy. After all, the first hour of the Deadpool game was fantastic... the rest of it, got a little tiring.
The test footage looked good, the trailer looked good, I knew Ryan Reynolds cool pull off the comedy of it. But as the release date approached I grew more and more concerned. It wasn’t till the credits started that my excitement overwhelmed fear, pretty much every inch of this film has been carefully constructed. Even its far more reserved use of Deadpool himself, we probably spend equal amounts of time between Deadpool and Wade Wilson. So we get to see the character and his motivations as well as the bombastic violent humour of Deadpool.
I realise many may not be as familiar with the character as I am, so a quick recap. Wade Wilson is Deadpool, origins stories differ somewhat but the long and the short of it is experimentation made him almost unstoppable but also tore apart his mind and forever scared his face. Deadpool, the merc with a mouth, is usually someone who operates with some moral greyness. He uses lethal tactics but also isn’t someone who goes after the innocent. All the while severally beating the fourth wall into submission with his meta humour.
Deadpool, in the film has indeed been driven made by the experiments done to him and is out for vengeance and a cure so he can return to the love of his life. A good portion of the film is told in flash back as it opens with the action scene from the leaked footage and trailer. Deadpool is an action movie built around a romance, one that comes more to life than any other film has managed. More often than not we are told how much a couple loves each other rather than shown. Wade Wilson and Veronica work, they aren’t conventional, as is so aptly written ‘Your crazy matches mine.’
Ryan Reynolds kills it as Deadpool, managing the humour without effort and yet being completely credible during the far more intense dramatic scenes; a mix of strong facial acting and special effects ensures that even with his face completely covered the emotion carries across.
However the stand out to me was the character Veronica, a real rarity not just in action movies but in movies in general is a woman who is completely sex positive. She is a prostitute but it appears she never has to do, it’s a job she’s chosen. The dialogue in fact plays with this as the discussion of her job immediately dissolves into a ‘who had the more fucked up life’ competition. Something that seemed fondly reminiscent of a Monty python gag. Veronica is not a tragic character who fell into prostitution, she enjoys sex and the movie never tries to punish her for it. I couldn’t begin to describe my relief when every time I thought I knew where the movie was going it side stepped a trope. Which isn’t to say it wasn’t too formula, the third act in particular is familiar to a lot of movies. Veronica did almost seem too perfect, but like Wade says ‘It’s like I made you in a computer.’
The action is solid, cartoonishly brutal only a few times ensuring it doesn’t loose its effect. Constantly peppered with comedy throughout. For a movie about the most outrageous comic character of all time, it was beautifully restrained. It didn’t go overboard with the amount of characters, or violence or even comedy. The film kept its ambitions limited and preferred to produce something that excelled.
If you’re a fan of Deadpool keep your eyes peeled for all the in-jokes secretly laid around, from a Bea Arthur shirt, to a wonderfully terrible action figure and of course each time Deadpool breaks the fourth wall.
If you aren’t a fan of Deadpool but enjoy action and comedy, go see this. It’s R in America but only MA here in Australia. It has violence, swearing and nudity that was surprising more gender equal... not that I looked closely to try and get a glimpse of Ryan Reynolds penis...
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